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A Good Neighbor, Indeed!

CROW releases a sea turtle back to the ocean

Good neighbors make a huge difference in your quality of life, no matter where — or who — you may be!

Take CROW for instance. The Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife on Sanibel Island helps injured wildlife found throughout Southwest Florida.

They recently released two critically endangered Kemp’s ridley sea turtles at Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park in North Naples.

The first of the two turtles, released by veterinary intern Dr. Malka Spektor, was admitted after it had sustained what appeared to be a boat strike injury near Redfish Pass on Captiva Island. Members of Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation’s Turtle Research Program transported the turtle to CROW.

The second turtle, released by student Emily Brady, was found struggling in the water near the Boca Grande causeway. It was transported to CROW by volunteers of the Boca Grande Sea Turtle Association. The turtle was suspected to be suffering the effects of brevetoxicosis, also known as red tide poisoning. It was treated through supportive care in collaboration with the Loggerhead Marine Life Center in Juno Beach.

If you come across an injured sea turtle during your visit, please report it to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission at 888-404-FWCC (3922), SCCF’s Sea Turtle Hotline at 978-728-3663 or CROW at 239-472-3644.

Any of our Ocean’s Reach staff would be happy to help you call. After all, it’s the neighborly thing to do!

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